Our pre-retreat retreat is slowly coming to a close so we decided to hire a driver to take us to the local market, shopping, lunch, and to the spa. This was a good call as we had a fabulous day! Everyday is better than the next. I can't imagine what the next ten days here are going to be like.
The morning started at the local market in Sukawati. This is where the locals come daily to get their food. Most people are here gathering their goods as early as 4:00am because they only prepare one meal a day and that is breakfast. They purchase their food daily because they do not have storage in their kitchens for food.
After our trip to the market we made other stops to shop that were at the opposite end of the spectrum. First we stopped at a wood carving village where we had the opportunity to watch them work and then go purchase their beautiful pieces. The craftsmenship and details are top notch.
We stopped at a silver shop and though the jewelry was beautiful we didn't purchase anything. Our final shopping spot was a place where they hand paint batik. It was crazy to see how they weave the thread on wooden machines that look like they were around in the frontier days to make beautiful patterns. I was also in awe of those women who painted the batik designs. It is so tedious to work with hot wax to creat these patterns.
Once we were finished shopping we had lunch with a beautiful view of the rice terraces. The restaurant was under construction but if you could look past the workers the view was spectacular.
In the car we asked Nyoman a lot of questions about Lewak coffee so he took us to the coffee plantation to taste some. The Lewak is an animal that looks part cat and part raccoon. Apparently they have the gift of being able to find the best coffee beans and then they eat them. While going through the digestive process the beans ferment making the even better. The down side is that in order to retrieve these beans you have to get them out of his poop. Enjoy your catpoochino! We also sampled other types of coffee and tea. The views there were pretty spectacular too.
Next was what we've been waiting for all day, our Royal Ubud Massages. It was the most relaxing four hand massage in a beautiful setting. I could have died a happy girl at this point. You can get that treatment at the Ubud Traditional Spa. They are a wonderful family with a great business.
At this point we are two hours over because he is taking so much time with us and doing extra things. It's 8:00pm and he insists that we visit his family compound. There we got to meet most of his family from his parents to his uncles, his wife and children and his dog. They could not have been more friendly and hospitable. Truly very special people.
As fun as this day was the best part was meeting and spending time with our new friend, Nyoman. I hope we get to see him again in the future!